11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though they’ve embraced various pop styles over the years, Phillips, Craig & Dean have remained rooted in traditional Southern gospel. This holds true for Fearless, an album aimed at fans of Passion-style praise music. Ringing guitars and hard-charging tempos lend force to “Counting On God,” “Spirit of God Is Here,” “Name Above All Names” and similar tunes. The abrasive riffs kicking off “Let God Be God” and the muscular rhythm powering “When Grace Walks In” are especially stirring. But if the trappings are fresh, the message here remains as Christ-centered as on previous releases. Themes of redemption and forgiveness pervade the album, whether the tracks move to a marching tempo (“Revelation Song”) or shimmer with a modern rock glow (“The Distance”). Of special interest is “Nothing to Prove,” a sensitive ballad recounting lessons of faith learned from a departed parent. For all its contemporary touches, Fearless is ultimately classic Phillips, Craig & Dean: solid, Spirit-driven and upbeat in tone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though they’ve embraced various pop styles over the years, Phillips, Craig & Dean have remained rooted in traditional Southern gospel. This holds true for Fearless, an album aimed at fans of Passion-style praise music. Ringing guitars and hard-charging tempos lend force to “Counting On God,” “Spirit of God Is Here,” “Name Above All Names” and similar tunes. The abrasive riffs kicking off “Let God Be God” and the muscular rhythm powering “When Grace Walks In” are especially stirring. But if the trappings are fresh, the message here remains as Christ-centered as on previous releases. Themes of redemption and forgiveness pervade the album, whether the tracks move to a marching tempo (“Revelation Song”) or shimmer with a modern rock glow (“The Distance”). Of special interest is “Nothing to Prove,” a sensitive ballad recounting lessons of faith learned from a departed parent. For all its contemporary touches, Fearless is ultimately classic Phillips, Craig & Dean: solid, Spirit-driven and upbeat in tone.

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About Phillips, Craig & Dean

Phillips, Craig & Dean first appeared in 1992, when the trio's self-titled debut introduced a blend of Christian ministry, vocal harmony, and contemporary pop/rock songwriting. From the start, the group wielded a good deal of influence in the sacred community, earning nominations at the yearly Dove Awards and routinely dominating the charts on CCM radio. Albums like Trust, Lifeline, Where Strength Begins, and Restoration maintained such popularity throughout the '90s, and Phillips, Craig & Dean ushered in the 21st century by redefining themselves as worship-oriented band.

Let My Words Be Few, Let Your Glory Fall, and Top of My Lungs all drew from the musicians' work as full-time pastors, featuring as much emphasis on scripture as the music itself. The group remained marketable, however, having scored a total of 18 chart-topping singles by the time Fearless appeared in 2009. ~ John Bush

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1991

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